Our theme as a church now is “Sé Luz”, which means “Be Light”. As an extension of that, our children’s ministry is named “Brilla” (“Shine”). This year we decided to revamp our program, putting a lot of extra work into not only the classrooms but also the curriculum. For our kids age 4-10, we updated our curriculum to match what we study with the adults each Sunday, in an effort to promote family Bible discussions at home. We added a younger kids’ class, which we named “Brillita”. Brillita is for babies and toddlers 0-3, with most of the kids being 18 months – 3 years old. We teach them through songs and toys, like the baby and toddler classes you see in churches in the states. Our older children’s class goes through age 10, so for the kids who have graduated from that program, we made a special kid-friendly bulletin with activities to help them focus better on the message for that day. We have also been plugging our Peruvian members into teaching rolls as often as possible, and we have tried to format our classes to be very easy for them to step into as a new teacher.
In October, we had a special family day at church with lunch, games, and a craft for families with young children after our morning worship service. We got to know some of the parents a little better and also talked with them about some different opportunities coming up for them to help make the ministry more effective.
In November, we began a special outreach to a girls’ home that we worked with on our summer campaign. The home is for girls ages 13-18 who were violated and have children as a result of that. After the campaign, we decided that there was still a lot of good that could be done if we continue a relationship with those girls who are in need of lots of positive influence in their lives. Several of the moms from our kids at church decided to start visiting them a few times a month to do a Bible lesson with them and their toddlers and provide a snack as well. It’s been going really well and we also did a Christmas party for them recently that was a lot of fun.
The school year here ends in December so now that the kids are out on summer break, we plan to host a program of “vacaciones útiles” at our building, a common thing here in Peru where different schools and other organizations provide special extracurricular activities to keep kids busy during the summer. We hope to strengthen our relationships with our current families through this program as well as reach new families in our community.